First human case of West Nile reported in northern Indiana

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. (WABC)

The first human case of the West Nile Virus has been reported in Porter County in northern Indiana, health officials said.

So far this year, mosquitoes and birds in 18 Indiana counties as well as several Illinois counties have tested positive for the virus, including Will, Kane and Cook counties.

Mild forms of the virus can include fevers, headaches and body aches, though some people develop more severe forms of the disease, officials said.

People are encouraged to take preventative measures to avoid the virus, which can be found on the Indiana Department of Health's website, and to see a healthcare provider if they think they are infected.
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